World premiere of this newly revised script by Joe Bravaco and Larry Rosler taken from the pages of a little-known novel by Herman Melville. Israel Potter wants nothing more than to marry his sweetheart and settle down to a quiet life of farming but is thrust onto the world stage through one improbable adventure after another as war breaks out between the colonies and Great Britain. Described as the Revolutionary version of Forrest Gump, the hapless Potter is drafted into The Continental Army, then seconded onto a brigantine by none other than General Washington himself. Promptly captured, he is imprisoned in England, then befriended by Mad King George who takes a fancy to him, promoting him through a series of more and more important roles where he comes into contact with a non-stop troupe of notable historic personas.
This is a rollickingly-funny farce presented in the commedia del arte style. Featuring Bluff City Theater's 2019 Artist-in-Residence and Princess Grace Foundation honoree Erick Lindsey in the title role, The Almost True and Truly Remarkable Adventures of Israel Potter features a talented cast of improv artists under the direction of Herbie Barnes.
The fourth in our 2019 series of plays built around The American Experience, the story is a satirical look at history by one of America's foremost novelists of the 19th century. The show runs for nine performances only, July 18-27.